Pirates marathon officially continues! After the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, we have the sequel followed up by Dead’s Man Chest. Johnny Depp returns as the rogue Captain Jack Sparrow to explore and conquer difficulties in the Caribbeans with yet another set of adventures. I saw this one in theatres back in 2006 when it first released with my best friend.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Gore Verbinski is back with this second instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest! After the previous instalment with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) helps Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from being hung, they now are separated on their wedding day and held in jail under the order of Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander). However, he gives Will a deal that if he can bring back Jack’s compass then he will give them back their freedom. When Will finally catches up with Jack Sparrow, he gets deceived into getting caught in the way to cheat his way out of Jack Sparrow’s release from the pursuit of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the captain of Flying Dutchman that homes a bunch of pirates living in the middle of life and death. On the pursuit of a key that opens something, they end up going through a lot of fights and frantic escapes with each having their own agenda.
Dead Man’s Chest is the one in my memory that I loved the most! Gore Verbinski did a fantastic job in the first one and coming back as the director in the second one helps this one out a lot. This time, he brings in a whole lot more fun and action. What really catches me is the action mixed with funny moments. The interaction is hilarious even the sword fights are hilarious. Plus, maybe its the initial thought of when I first saw this movie in theatres, I was with my best friend and it had some really memorable moments that makes this movie feel even closer to my heart.
One thing that works for this sequel is the cast. We have a lot of the initial cast sticking around but after the first’s quest, they have grown and matured. I’m all about character development and if anything, as much as it was a development in Jack Sparrow’s character, we also see the deeper side of Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner, not together but being independent of each other. Jack Sparrow is still the crazy, unexpected pirate who is obsessed over rum, lies about everything to everyone and is confused as always. This time around, I started feeling that Jack Sparrow in Pirates is equivalent to John McClane in Die Hard. Its what keeps the audience intrigued because he not only brings us action but he also brings us laughs 🙂
Another reason that I love Pirates is because yes, Orlando Bloom is hot but I do love Keira Knightley. She is an awesome actress and I possibly own *almost* all of her movies. I haven’t seen them all but she’s always quite impressive as her roles vary in character and style. In this one, she starts off as the rebellious governor’s daughter and eventually finds that her true nature is quite like a pirate but then, she still finds the men around her quite silly at times, and childish. Its a really charming and likable character.
Additonal mentions go out to Bill Nighy who plays Davy Jones. What actually makes me laugh when I watch this movie is remembering how my best friend’s comment that Davy Jones was attractive. LOL! Weird tastes! Even Bill Nighy in real person would not make me connect with “attractive” but he was a mean and awesome character. I love Davy Jones! He made the movie even better than it already was in my book 🙂 Plus, we have Stellan Skarsgard. He`s not in it a whole lot but he plays a pretty awesome Bootstrap Bill and Will’s father.
So far, on this rewatch, Dead Man’s Chest is still more entertaining than the first one. I love them both a lot but this one seems more fun and I really loved this villain a whole lot more.
I know there’s a lot of mixed reviews on this one. What do you think about Dead Man’s Chest? Do you think the original is better?